028 Nikk Conneman – Passionate for Compassionate Healthcare

Living the Yoga Life

028 Nikk Conneman – Passionate for Compassionate Healthcare

Nikk Conneman M.D. is a Neonatologist and yoga practitioner who focuses on compassionate care for newborns with serious health problems and their families.


Nikk is working to change a healthcare system that encourages health care workers to avoid emotional involvement with their patients and families.  Nikk practices and teaches deep presence in the situations he is involved in, which often involve high mortality rates for the infants he is treating.  Nikk is also the director of the NIDCAP training program at Erasmus MC-Sophia Children’s Hospital in Rotterdam, Netherlands.  He travels extensively teaching patient and family centered individualized care.

Additionally, having attended the yoga teacher training where my wife and I met, Nikk and I catch up on old times!

As I mention in the beginning of the episode, I wish every healthcare professional could hear this one – I think it’s that important.


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Useful links from the show:

NIDCAP, Newborn Individualized Developmental Care

Heidelise Als, PhD

Bernie Siegel, MD

Bryan Kest

Barron Baptiste

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Chris Brown

Chris has been practicing both yoga and architecture for over 15 years. He combines them in his Yoga and Design for Conscious Living blog, and believes that the essence of yoga is found in the quality of the relationships we build with ourselves, others, and the world.

  • ChrisC

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